I found this subject quiet interesting, not only at a epistemological level but also as educational, rational, mind formation and dialogue generator (social). And also, of course which involve video games and the Internet.
What is reality? Can we know/understand reality in its totality? what forms reality?
Those epistemological questions have been fundamental to the understanding of how we create knowledge, but what is reality without fiction?
Something I have found pretty interesting is that in epistemology most authors (not everyone) are focused on the reality but not in the fiction, which is left to metaphysic, but I believe we can't understand reality without fiction, because this obvious distinction we are making its the recognition of both working together (a duality? can we say that mind structuralist was right?).
This idea that people have worked more and more reality than fiction go to the side, maybe, be the fact that people saw fiction in books, novels and comics, things that are outside of the reality (fiction existed and we have always live with it). But now, those things are not outside anymore, we learn from fiction at every moment, a prove is this same thread. This thread is a fiction, is not real, is not happening outside the world, but is a encryption of information added in another encryption. This thread is not real.
But being this thread not real, we are active or passive participants of this, and not only that we can choose it. We can create fictions, chose to participate or to see, who we are and how we are. This make our life's being connected every day to the fiction, in which we learn a lot more than in reality (bold opinion).
Video games are the same, they are fantasies which work on a level of realism to provide a fictionary experience while we are in our realities apart of it. Of course books, comics and others try to do the same, but was with video games when people could start becoming actors of the story, its when the movie become something to be acted and not watched.
I bring this thread, to discuss about this. How do you believe fictionary experience is going to affect people (kids mostly)? Which are the believes or behaviors that are going to be sacrificed for the use of this new integration of the fiction in our world? How are going to evolve previous ways of art with this era of the new fiction? What would it happen when we become able to create our own reality on the fiction? Which are the implications of doing that? How is going this new dialogue between people of all around the world is going to be when this clash of fiction get to its max?
And if you like, you can disagree with many of my statements. But discuss this, because fiction is becoming every day more relevant for social interaction and reality is become only important for discovery (it has always been like that? dialogues weren't built around fiction, and reality around discovery?).